What a week. Big week in pop for Wiz Khalifa with the release of Rolling Papers, Radiohead’s release of King of Limbs, Mountain Goat’s All Eternals Deck, and New Kids on the Block and the Back Street Boys have joined forces and shall now forever be known as NKOTBSB. Seems like there are lots of banal re-releases, repackaging and live albums coming at us right now for some unknown reason. I mean, do I really want or need an LP pressing of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Live in London? If given the choice I’ll take Eno’s Music for Airports: Live while I scratch my head over why Clapton’s Derek and the Dominos Layla is deserving of being re-released for the 1,000th time. Now that I got that off my chest, here’s the week in pop in no particular order.
So with little to no warning, Curren$y just put out the Jet to the Next Life mixtape starring long time collaborators Trademark da Skydiver and Young Roddy. The trio leaves the production duties to Cookin’ Soul who keep the mood mellow while you fulfill your fiduciary rite of spring cleaning duties.
Download the Jet to the Next Life mixtape here.
I heard from Chris of Tan Dollar about his bedroom project Horse Head. Evidently he’s been in this band since was 14 and the members consist of the same musicians from Tan Dollar. Chris is pretty stoked about this album Hh (that’s pronounced Big “H” little “h”) that is available for download on his bandcamp.
In the meanwhile jam out to the bells and vocal delays that creates the best memoryfoam-gaze I’ve heard in a few weeks.
The bedroom rave spills out to the hallway while your derelict friends cue outside your water closet.
It seemed like barely two months ago I had to really dig deep online to find any information pertaining to that band Yuck. Now with that buzzy album, more SXSW appearances than “don’t move here” t-shirts, a side project in the works and now a new song. Some might call their schtick melodic Malkmus pop. Regardless, “Doctors in My Bed” is a fun, almost infectious B-side to their single “Get Away” that drops sometime later this month.
Yuck has also extended their tour dates, lots of gigs with Australia’s Tame Impala. Check ‘em out.
13 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
14 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
15 San Diego, CA Casbah
16 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore with Tame Impala
20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom with Tame Impala
21 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom with Tame Impala
22 Seattle, WA Neumo's with Tame Impala
25 New York, NY Webster Hall with Tame Impala
27 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church with Tame Impala
28 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club with Tame Impala
29 Northampton, MA Pearl St
30 Montreal, QC Café Campus with Tame Impala
01 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre with Tame Impala
03 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall with Tame Impala
04 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall with Tame Impala
06 Washington, DC Black Cat with Tame Impala
07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
17 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Fest
If I wasn’t already a big enough fan of Davila 666’s “Esa Nena Nunca Regreso,” they now have a groovy zombie-beach-party happening music video for all of us to enjoy.
Catch DAVILA 666 somewhere now on their North American Tour.
02 Calgary, AB Broken City Social Club
05 Fargo, ND The Aquarium (Upstairs at Dempsey's)
06 St. Paul, MN The Turf Club
07 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
08 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
09 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
10 Cleveland, OH Now That's Class
12 Detroit, MI Magic Stick Lounge
13 Toronto, ON Parts and Labour
14 Ottawa, ON Babylon
15 Montreal, QC Le National with the Black Lips and Vivian Girls
16 Portland, ME Apohadion
17 New Haven, CT Café Nine
18 Cambridge, MA Charlie's Kitchen
20 New York, NY Cake Shop
21 Poughkeepsie, NY The Mug @ Vassar College
22 Philadelphia, PA Hong Kong Garden
23 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
24 Washington, DC Back Stage @ Black Cat
25 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
26 Durham, NC Casbah
27 Charlotte, NC The Milestone
28 Athens, GA 40 Watt
30 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds
So Blank Dogs are putting out a rarities compilation? Really? Already? Now? Sure, we’ve got nothing better to do but listen to Mr. “Mysterious” Mike Sniper’s lo-fi singles from recent years. Collected By Itself: 2006 – 2009 promises to be deleted singles that predate Land and Fixed that features material from the respective labels Captured Tracks, HoZac, Sacred Bones and Woodsist. In the meanwhile get your scuzz on with “Slow Room.”
And if a Las Vegas get away is your idea of true romance, Kisses are taking up residency later this month at the Cosmopolitan from April 20 -23.
In time for Record Store Day (April 16 ya’ll) and the April 12 release of Tomboy, Panda Bear is offering up 1000 limited bundles of LPs and T-shirts to mark the occasion. Noah Lennox also recently did a 40 minute DJ set that you AmCo fans should probably check out too.